Papua New Guinea State/Province
Oro (Northern Province) See full details
Turtle shell comb with nine teeth (two partially broken and one missing). Terminal is pierced and carved with tassles of shells tied to the terminal.
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander comb
L237 x W70 mm
turtle shell ,plant fibre
History and use
Melanesian men are more likely than women to wear hair combs as part of their ceremonial dress. Worn mainly as dance ornaments, these combs are now commonly sold to tourists and serve a more everyday function.